It’s not often that the Charlotte Hornets don’t have a game on a Monday. But never fear, we have some bits and pieces of Hornets news from around the web, including some young guys getting some national love.
But first, earlier today, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that several teams have interest in Marvin Williams.
Several teams are monitoring the trade availability of veteran forward Marvin Williams, sources have told The Athletic.
The Hornets would be wise to listen to offers. Williams is a beloved figure in Charlotte, but his contract expires at the end of the season and he’s not in the team’s long term plans. He’s probably the best trade asset among the Hornets veterans.
Elsewhere in the piece, Charania lumped the Hornets into the ‘fringe playoff threats’ group, which seems lofty but is a testament to the Hornets exceeding expectations so far this season.
Also on The Athletic, John Hollinger talked about the disappointing production of this year’s lottery class. Most of the piece focused on the disappointments, but Washington got some shine:
Charlotte’s PJ Washington is the only other lottery pick who looks fairly bankable as a long-term starter. He doesn’t ooze upside but he’s a rock-solid combo forward who can shoot well enough to space the floor (42.9 percent from 3), and he murders switches by powering his way to the paint for jump hooks with either hand. None of it is remotely surprising — Washington was the best player in the SEC last year and at the age of 21 is already one of the best players on his (admittedly miserable) team. He needs to draw more fouls and add more tricks in the paint against players his own size, but he’s a keeper.
Hollinger clearly has a different perception of the Hornets than Charania.
Another young Hornet got his own feature piece on NBA.com. Steve Aschburner chronicled the rise of Devonte’ Graham from seldom recruited high school prospect to a breakout star in the NBA. It’s a fascinating story that’s well worth your time.